If you’re tired of being cooped up at home, and you’re looking for new activities to do during the weekend, look no further. Here, we’ve rounded up some of the most exciting things that you can do with your loved ones for your next outing.
Acclaimed Scotch whisky label Chivas Regal is putting on a two-week creative pop-up over at Tyrwhitt Road in Jalan Besar to celebrate a sleek new elongated design for its flagship blend, Chivas 12 (which happens to also be the label’s biggest redesign in its 112-year history).
Titled I Rise, We Rise, the pop-up takes place as a creative takeover of stalwart coffee bar Chye Seng Huat Hardware with a Chivas pop-up cocktail bar on-site. Here, you’ll get to enjoy event-exclusive cocktails specially concocted by all-female guest bartenders – Desiree Jane from Sago House, Hazel Long from Junior The Pocket Bar, Juan Yijun from No Sleep Club — a nod to Singapore’s trailblazing women bartenders, and inspired by K-pop superstar Lisa who is Chivas’ new Asia brand ambassador, of course.
Alongside the bar, the line-up bridges physical and digital experiences and includes new NFT art releases, panel talks, digital gamification experiences to be played in real life, DJ and dance battles, and Chivas whisky tasting sessions. The NFT showcase is curated by creative collective Ctrl:Unit, and it’ll be debuting new works by some of the most forward-thinking artists in the NFT scene here, including Mojoko (pictured), Kristal Melson, O$P$, Jonathan Liu and 3D art specialist Aundraj Jude. There’ll also be a series of talks focusing on all aspects of NFT culture – good for everyone from complete beginners to hardcore collectors.
Check out the full line-up of events here.
May 6 to May 18, noon to 10pm, at 150 Tyrhwitt Rd
In celebration of this special day, social club Crane will be hosting a unique pop-up event featuring artists and solo-entrepreneurs who are all single mothers.
Housed under Crane’s Arab Street space and in tandem with the Lion City Divorcees Club, the entire event aims to support single mums and destigmatise non-traditional parenting. Aside from the spread of goodies that we can buy for our mothers, there will be a stand up comedy set, tarot card reading, craft workshops and vintage photography for you and your mum to enjoy.
May 8, 12 to 6pm, at Crane Arab Street, 148 Arab St
This comedy legend needs no introduction and his knee-slapping jokes bear repeating. Kumar pulls out all the stops in this 90-minute show that will only feature his best jokes from the 90s to the present.
Following an exceptional sold out season last year, this special set is slated to be a big hit as it also marks the last time that Kumar will be performing these jokes. Scoop tickets up now before it’s too late and be prepared to howl and cackle uncontrollably.
Get your tickets here.
Till May 15, Sands Theatre, 4 Bayfront Ave, B1
How does climate change affect Singapore and our neighbours? Three multimedia artists joined forces to answer this question in this exhibition by the National Museum of Singapore and the Maybank Foundation.
Artist trio DASSAD merged telecommunication gadgets of the past, present and future onto a dystopian shore landscape of consumer products surrounded by rising sea water.
Multi-disciplinary artist Robert Zhao took towards panoramic views of lush forests and the wildlife inhabiting them to showcase the underappreciated contributions of secondary forests in the fight against climate change.
Last but not least, illustrator Ong Wei Ting created an animation that focuses on learning from humanity’s past mistakes and to take the necessary steps towards sustainability – no matter how small the actions might be.
Till Jul 31, 10am to 7pm, National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Rd
Fans of Le Corbusier should head down to the National Design Centre this week. The institution is hosting Le Corbusier 101 (LC101), which is touted as the largest showcase of the works of the Swiss architect and modernist pioneer in Singapore. Organised by RT+Q Architects, the show features more than 100 models of built and sketched creations from his rich career that spanned six decades.
The works are arranged in chronological order, starting from Villa Fallet, Le Corbusier’s first commission that was built in 1905 and bookended by Pavilion Le Corbusier, his final design which was completed in 1967, allowing visitors to see how the architect’s oeuvre developed and changed over the years.
Besides the models, LC101 will also be presenting Le Corbusier’s prints and furniture from the personal collections of architect Manuel Der Hagopian and interior designer Peter Tay.
“Besides being the godfather of modern architecture, there is also a great deal to learn from Corbusier in terms of his sustainability principles and the relationship his buildings have with the environment,” says Erwin Viray, co-curator of the exhibition, professor and chief sustainability officer at Singapore University of Technology and Design.
In a nod to Corbusier’s sustainability ethos, 75 per cent of the models are 3D-printed while the rest are hand cut, all of which are made of biodegradable PLA plastic.
Till May 8 at National Design Centre, 111 Middle Rd
We last saw crochet artist Kelly Limerick‘s beautiful mixed media artwork adorning the walls at Gucci’s revamped Marina Bay Sands store last Nov and now, she’s back with her inaugural solo show with an art gallery. Titled Unbecoming, the exhibition focuses not so much on the end product but rather, the process itself; Limerick crocheted five vases – before turning a flame onto these meticulously crafted creations.
Limerick’s body of work have often turned heads due to their intricate construction and sheer visual delight but it feels like she’s at a defining point in her art practice where she’s now exploring the undoing of her time-intensive creation – and through this paradox of unmaking, generating new conversations about an art form that she has been exploring for more than two decades.
Craft-centric mediums have had a history of being under-valued or perceived as “less” than art – as Limerick astutely points it out on her Instagram page; the question often asked of craft-centric artists is ‘how do you make this?’ With this new series of works, Limerick hopes that the narrative becomes ‘why do you make this?’ instead.
Fans of the artist’s works should visit Cuturi Gallery this weekend in particular; Limerick will also be executing a live performance in which she crochets a carpet that connects the five artworks in the Unbecoming series.
Till May 8 at Cuturi Gallery, 61 Aliwal St
Cultural Medallion recipient Han Sai Por has just opened a new exhibition at STPI – titled Han Sai Por: The Forest and Its Soul, it’s the legendary sculptor’s second residency and solo exhibition with the gallery. In a remarkably short span of three weeks, the 79-year-old artist has created 35 new print and paper works, using technologies that are new to her such as photo intaglio and laser-cutting.
The eventual works exemplifies Han’s enduring spirit of artistic exploration that is not bounded by a singular medium, even at this stage of her long career. This body of work draws from the artist’s own experiences of walking through dense forests, of which Han has described as being “an emotional landscape”. Ultimately, the artist hopes for visitors to reacquaint themselves with the full breadth of nature, and to encourage care and reverence for the living world all around us through her multi-layered and textural works.
Now till May 9
Since it opened last year at Duxton Road, modern seafood restaurant and cocktail bar Marcy’s has been a hot draw, especially with its richly textured, vintage-influenced setting. The spot looks set to elevate its decor further with newly commissioned installations and sculptures by Sheryll Goh. The artist is known for Pandan Dreams, a studio that creates sculptural ornaments and tactile environments that come alive at dinner parties.
True to Goh’s signature MO of playing at the intersection of luxury, taste and kitsch, she’s created a mini show of fantastical objects for Marcy’s, titled Bow Or Butterfly. Stationed at various corners of the restaurant, bows are reimagined as playful creatures descending onto Marcy’s in their second life; some are twirled around flowers, perched on the windowsill and illuminated by the chandeliers’ evening glow.
They’re testament to Goh’s deft ability to magick strange and beautiful creations out of old collected items like ribbons. Be sure to take a careful look around your surroundings the next time you pop by Marcy’s.
On now till June 26 at Marcy’s, 39 Duxton Road
This is the moment: fans of the immensely popular manga Attack on Titan (more than 100 million copies sold worldwide) can now check out the first exhibition dedicated to the series in Singapore.
For the uninitiated, the dystopian series kicks off with the premise that humanity suddenly seems to be on the verge of collapse when giant humanoid creatures start attacking their walls (the population live in enclosed communities to protect them). No one knows where the giants come from (at the start of the series) and it’s pretty hard to fight them off (the technology is medieval) as they seem to heal from any wounds except for a blow to the neck
Fans of the series can look forward to many hidden gems, including early concept drawings and storyboards with dialogue handwritten by Attack on Titan creator Hajime Isayama himself. There’s also an impressive 10-metre theatre screen, where one of the most iconic fight scenes in the series (between the Attack and Armoured Titans) will be playing, well, larger-than-life.
“Launching this exhibition as Attack on Titan‘s latest episodes (from the final season on Netflix) reach our screens couldn’t be more timely. At first glance, Hajime Isayama’s science fiction world may seem remote to the reality we live in now. However, if we dig deeper into Attack on Titan, themes like hope and perseverance emerge as common threads,” comments Honor Harger, vice president of attractions at Marina Bay Sands.
“We also witness the resilience and resourcefulness of the characters as they overcome the consequences of an epidemic in their own world. Stories such as Attack on Titan provide many of us with a sense of escapism, but they can also remind us of our humanity and courage when facing difficult circumstances.”
Get your tickets here.
Now till July 3, at ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Avenue
The next time you’re at Asian Civilisations Museum, be sure to pop over to its Fashion and Textiles Gallery, where Asian histories, cultures and identities are explored through fashion and textiles from the 18th to the 20th century, from Chinese painted silks to Indian printed cottons and Javanese batiks. This ongoing exhibition, titled Fashionable in Asia, comprises three main sections: Competing Threads, Batik Resistance and Creativity on the Pesisir. The first traces the history of fashion design and textile production in Asia, while the latter two chart the rise and evolution of batik.
For more info, go here